Chinese Opera, Past and Present, Tuesday, April 10

Instructor:  Richard Brown

  • Tuesday April 10, 2018
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • No text required
  • Bring a bag lunch

Chinese cultural traditions run deep. Given the West’s current and inevitable interactions with this ancient culture it is of the utmost importance that we come to understand and appreciate each other, people to people. Chinese opera has grown over time from many varied cultural roots. We will first explore the most common characteristics to better understand the featured presentation which will be Tan Dun’s 2002 intimate hall opera, “Tea, a Mirror of Soul.” This is an opera intended for a variety of performance spaces and more closely aligned with Chinese traditions than his, perhaps better known, Metropolitan Opera productions.

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Richard E. Brown is a retired music teacher, having spent thirty-nine years in the public schools of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. He holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has also taught at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, the University of Maine, and Senior College in Belfast Maine. In his retirement he has turned to exploring and writing about a wide variety of subjects. He has recently published a book of poems entitled “Evolution and Us: A Poetic Inquiry into the Nature of Change.”